In 2003, a group of about sixty women met each other online for the first time. They were finalists for the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart award – the top measure of achievement for unpublished writers in the industry. Like finalists before them, they formed an Internet loop to discuss the upcoming awards ceremony at the national convention, held that year in New York.
Most of these online loops dissolve shortly after the convention, but something happened on the way to the Big Apple. This particular group found they had a level of camaraderie unknown to them before, and they stayed together. They even named themselves. When one member expressed doubt about her worth and talent, another threatened to cover thrash her with a wet noodle for doubting herself.
That’s how the Wet Noodle Posse was born.
We shared some of our thoughts and talent, first with an ezine, later with a blog, but our lives have become progressively busier and we've had to change our focus once again.
We're all doing different things. Many of us are published, most of us are still writing, and some of us have put other interests as primary. But we're still around!
Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind ? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne ?
For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
Robert Burns adapted this song from an old Scottish folk song and since that time we've sung it on New Year's Day and other celebrations of new beginnings and fond farewells. So it seems fitting to start this blog with the familiar lyrics.
You see, we Noodlers have made the very difficult decision to say farewell to this blog.
Our decision did not come easily. We love the little community that's formed around the blog. We love sharing our thoughts about life, whimsy, and writing. We started a little over four years ago with lots of enthusiasm and lots of us participating. We've experimented with different ways of doing the blog, from whatever we felt like writing, to a focused preparation for the Golden Heart, to a year of writing, to a theme of the month. We've actually hit our stride with this last year, providing variety that well-suited our individual voices.
But the last four years have brought many changes. More and more of us have published books and, as all women in today's world know, our lives have gotten busier. The internet world has changed, as well, bringing its own demands of other social networks, such as Twitter, Facebook and My Space. We've all branched out, each moving in the direction best for us. As a result, we've had less time to devote to the Wet Noodle Posse blog.
So we made the decision that it was time to say good-bye.
Our website http://wetnoodleposse.com/ will remain up for the time being but that, too, will eventually be gone. If you remember our ezine days, all the articles are there, so go back and save the ones you want while you can still find them. We'll be keeping the blog up, too, at least for now, with links to where you can find each of us, our own personal blogs, websites, twitter, facebook , etc. We might also have special announcements, too, but nothing specific is planned, so best to check on us individually.
Before the posting with our new links, though, we'd like to take time to say good-bye to you, our readers. You have made this blog special to us and we will miss gathering together with all of you.
So please take a little time to say good-bye. Tell us what you liked about our Wet Noodle Posse blog. Did you have any favorite ones? Any that meant a lot to you?
We'll remember you and our time together. In fact, we'll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. This version of the song conveys the proper mood:
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